|Back border photographed from the far left side of the patio|
|The same back border photographed from the pathway in the southeast side garden|
I purposely keep the plants in the backyard border low so as not to interfere with the view of the harbor on the horizon but I think much of the area is too flat at present. Some of this will be remedied as the existing plants grow in size but I also think I'll be changing out some of my selections in the coming year.
The side yard was dramatically transformed in 2013, as I discussed in my New Year's Day post. It's coming along nicely but I expect some plant change-outs there as well as I see how the plants knit together.
|Side yard photographed from the front yard|
|Side yard photographed from the backyard|
The front border is in its winter doldrums. I just finished cutting back the roses and, with the exception of the spots of color provided by the Bauhinia x. blakeana (Hong Kong orchid tree) and Nandina domestica, there's not much to excite the eye right now. I think it needs some sprucing up with annuals.
|Photographed from the driveway entrance (with my cat Ming headed to the front door)|
|Closer shot of the border to the right of the pathway leading to the front door (please ignore the neighbor's defrocked Christmas tree across the street)|
|My Leucadendron 'Wilson's Wonder' is going to town on the far left side of the front border (and I pruned it by half last spring)|
The vegetable garden, which I don't think I've featured in prior wide shot posts, currently has no vegetables, although there are plenty of herbs and the oranges are ripening. I've put in some stock, snapdragons and sweet peas for cutting too.
The Grevillea lavandulacea are coming into bloom in the dry garden but the flowers are small and don't show up well when the area is photographed from a distance. The guava tree on the right is laden with fruit, which the squirrels seem to be happy about. Buds have formed on the Echium handiense in the middle right section of the photo, which makes me happy.
That's it for this month's wide shots. Please visit Xericstyle to see Heather's wide shot and find links to other gardeners' contributions.